We Share: Tangible (Faith Commitment Sunday)
November 23rd, 2020
"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil" (From 1 Timothy 6:6-10, NIV).Paul wrote these words to Timothy, who was leading one of the new groups of Jesus followers in Ephesus. But is it t...
We Share: Spontaneous
November 15th, 2020
Nehemiah's city and people are in disarray. Sound familiar? #2020.So he must gain people’s trust during unprecedented times. How does he do it? He gives of himself.This month we are focused on one...
We Share: Intentional
November 8th, 2020
Here's a quick recap of the story of Nehemiah so far:The people of Israel have been exiled to Babylon, then Persia. The exile lasted about two full generations! Imagine: if that happened to you, wha...
We Share: Local
November 2nd, 2020
You'd think it'd be easier for people to SHARE. Right? First of all, parents spend so much time trying to teach kids to share that surely parents must be freely sharing with others all the time. Wh...
We Embrace Messiness
October 25th, 2020
"For when I am weak, then I am strong."These words of the apostle Paul have blessed (and perplexed) countless people throughout the ages. For a man of Paul's background and calling as an apostle of J...
We Love Kids
October 13th, 2020
Summer projects -- they're a lot of fun to start, but often hard to finish. That must have been true to the Nth degree with Nehemiah, the city wall of Jerusalem, and the much larger and harder projec...
The UPPC Story Project: Florence Theoe
October 12th, 2020
When we were directed to self-quarantine, I was not concerned. It would soon be over and I could go to church, see my family, even go shopping. HA! Two weeks later having missed church, a family birth...
We Make Room
October 6th, 2020
Which is easier?A) Conceiving a childB) Raising a child in a Christ-centered, loving homeA) Building a church facilityB) Leading a church to becoming a healthy expression of God's love in communityA) ...
Where Can I Put This Brick?
September 27th, 2020
The Parable of the Bricklayers: A woman had just moved to a new town and one Saturday on a walk, she came across a construction site. It was in the early stages, when you can’t really tell what it’s ...
Gut Check Time
September 21st, 2020
Walls are hard to build. The most famous wall in the world -- the Great Wall of ________ (see, I told you it was famous) -- took 1800 years to build.A few centuries before Jesus, Nehemiah was a Jew w...
September 13th, 2020
New season, new series! Having concluded our spring/summer series on Joshua, it's time for us to lean into what it means for a scattered people to reunite and rebuild.Because we're STRONGER TOGETHER....
But as for me...
September 6th, 2020
Six months into our "covid adjustments," it's important that we all make time to count the cost to us. What have we lost? It's important because unless we're intentional about it, the losses can com...